Practitioner research for the professionalization of HR-practice. What and how.
What is it about?
Despite the growing interest in and literature regarding practitioner research in human resources (HR), not much is known about the factors that play a role in the actual practice by HR practitioners. This explorative study gains empirical insight into the use and quality of and the forces that drive or hinder practitioner research in HR practice. Our findings show that HR-professionals are more or less involved in HR-related practitioner research, but the quality and usability of that research can be improved. We report several causes and influencing factors. Our findings complement previous research on evidence-based HR and other practitioner research approaches and provide new insights. We provide some starting-points to improve the use and quality of practitioner research in HR.
Why is it important?
Practitioner research can be a powerful learning instrument and is the only working practice that can provide insight in the effect and effectiveness of HR-practice in the local context of the organization and working practice of the HR-professional. This is important, because HR policy and practice influences the success of the organization and, at least as important, the working lives of people. Our research shows that, to gain advantage from HR practitioner research, the quality and use of practitioner research in HR-practice needs to be improved.
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